The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) apex council is set to hold an online meeting on October 17 to discuss the possibility of conducting India’s home series against England in addition to deciding upon the schedule for the upcoming tour of Australia.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said the board will try its best to ensure that the home series against England is held in the country and eventually hope that domestic tournaments kickoff despite the Covid-19 situation in the country. Covid-19 cases in India are close to 70 Lakh and the death toll has gone beyond 1 lakh.
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England are set to tour India between January and March next year for five tests, three ODI and three T20 Internationals. But with cases continuously rising in the country, a proposed alternative is that the ‘home series’ against England be held in the UAE — currently hosting the IPL.
However, if India does host the England team, then the best option for the tournament could be Mumbai, where the bubble can be created with three international venues, Wankhede Stadium, Cricket Club of India and the DY Patil Stadium.
Another option BCCI hopes to explore is the state-of-the-art infrastructure at the new Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Regarding domestic tournaments, the board had originally envisaged kicking off the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy from November 19 but due to the current situation, it is uncertain if this is possible. To resume the curtailed domestic season, the board will have to take a lot of factors into account before coming to a conclusion.
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